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Title: Vincent Van Gogh: The Ambiguity of Insanity
Author: Giuseppe Cafiero
“An abrasive itinerary of the presence of women, the landscape and obsession. Such are the internal paradigms that went through the compelling life of the Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh.
Not flesh and blood women, but the woman as a guide: Mrs. Jones, the woman as a mother; Kee Vos; Christine Hoornik of Siena; Margot Begemann. The Portrait-women such as Augustine Roulin and Madame Ginoux. And then the backgrounds, endless, unforgettable in this genius’s works: Isleworth, Amsterdam, le Borinage, Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh spent his life trying to capture the colors, the atmosphere, the light.
The pain of finitude and his obsession with achieving redemption through art, with intimate and stormy religiosity, with brotherly love, with the French noon sun and, in short, with death. A hard-working and unwavering life where art interacted, in a painful gesture, with the iron will of a hand that never lost its way.
The life of a beloved and devoted man, silenced by the anguish and despair of creation, who could only find peacefulness when he found his own death.
Vincent Van Gogh: the Ambiguity of Insanity is a fictionalized biography and gripping novel of the life of the Nineteenth-Century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The author, Giuseppe Cafiero, draws a psychological portrait of the Post-Impressionist painter through the women that marked his life and the cities in which he lived.”
Top 5 Reasons Why We Continue to Be Fascinated by the Life and Times of Vincent van Gogh By Giuseppe Cafiero
Reproductions of his paintings adore millions of walls, while the originals sell for millions more. But what is it about Vincent van Gogh that captures our imaginations more than 100 years after his death? Here are five reasons why we continue to be fascinated by the life and times of Vincent van Gogh.
- His Madness
Most people know that van Gogh suffered with mental illness. With symptoms including depression and hallucinations, experts believe he could have had schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or temporal lobe epilepsy – or a combination of these. This may explain why he cut off his own ear and needed treatment at an asylum (where The Starry Night, one of his most famous paintings, was created – see 3, below).
- His Lifestyle
Observers (myself included) believe that van Gogh spent much of his adult life in relative poverty. He survived, they say, on a diet of bread and coffee, washed down with excessive volumes of alcohol and plentiful pipe smoke. While his brother Theo sent him money, van Gogh used the money he was given to fund his creative supplied. In one letter to Theo, van Gogh admitted he’d only had six hot meals in a year and that his teeth felt loose and painful.
- He Created Masterpieces from an Asylum
After spiraling into depression – and cutting off his own ear – van Gogh checked himself into an asylum where he was diagnosed with “delirium”. It was here, in his room’s (or cell’s) four cramped walls, where he created one of his most famous works, The Starry Night. It’s a painting that depicts the view out of his window (he leaves the bars out) and which, despite selling millions of reproductions today, was derided by van Gogh as a complete failure.
- He Inspired Selfies
Long before the advent of telecommunications, van Gough had nailed the selfie. Self-portraits were a little more time consuming that they are today, but van Gogh produced more than 40 in a period of just three years. In them, he’s often scruffy and unshaven and with missing teeth.
- He was a Prolific Painter
Van Gogh tried all kinds of jobs (a lay minister, teacher and art dealer, amongst others) until, at the age of 27, he finally pursued his dream career as a painter. Within a decade, he created almost 900 paintings and more than 1,000 on paper. Observers have calculated his output to equate to one new piece of art every 36 hours.
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